Double triumph for Rolando in L’elisir d’amore

Rolando Villazón’s production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore was greeted with a full ten minutes of standing ovations at its Festspielhaus Baden-Baden premiere on Monday. Critics praised his dual performance as the opera’s director and tenor lead, Nemorino. In this “heartrending and deeply moving performance,” writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, “Villazón plays with the different levels [of his production] in highly virtuosic fashion,” leaving “not a dry eye in the house.”

The Pforzheimer Zeitung hailed Rolando’s “beautifully flowing bel canto singing.” Manuel Brug of Die Welt singled out Rolando’s “beautiful” rendition of “Una furtiva lagrima” and lauded the tenor’s “total control” of the stage: “[Directing] an Elisir requires, above all, real craftsmanship; and Villazón – the clever clown – possesses this. As director, he is always thinking of his fellow performers. As a singer, he has matured… It was unmitigated joy in Baden-Baden.”

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